Public complaints force recreation fee changes

Red Deer City council has changed recreation fees in Red Deer after receiving many concerns from citizens.

“We have decided to adjust the prices after public feedback,” said Greg Scott, manager of the City’s recreation parks and culture. “We take feedback and concerns from the public very seriously.”

The recreation fee schedule changed in August after City council voted in favour of about a 3% hike.

Family admissions saw the biggest increase.

At the Michener Centre, families were able to get in for $9.60. As of Aug. 1 families paid $12.

At the G.H. Dawe Community Centre a family admission was $9.60. In August, those rates went up to $14.50.

And at the Collicutt Centre, families were paying $16 to use the facility and as of Aug. 1 they paid $20.

“I think this is a good example that sometimes things look good on paper but when they translate into people’s lives, changes have to be made,” said Councillor Tara Veer.

City council approved changes to the fee structure on Monday night.

Starting Oct. 1, families will pay $10.50 at the Michener Centre, $13 at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, $18 at the Collicutt Centre and $10.50 at the Recreation Centre.

After City council approved the new fee structure on Monday, a multi-admission pass will now allow holders to access more than one facility. Collicutt Centre card holders can access all City-owned multi-leisure facilities, thereby eliminating the Unlimited Action Card created on Aug. 1. The Recreation Centre and Michener Centre cards allow access to both facilities.

“Our intent was always good,” said Councillor Lynne Mulder. “I think by lowering the fees, we’ve responded to the concerns.”

A review of the recreation fees will take place in March.

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